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Photo Essay: Chinese New Year Around the World

A girl wears bunny ears at a temple fair at the Temple of the Earth on the eve of the Lunar New Year in Beijing, February 2, 2011.
A girl wears bunny ears at a temple fair at the Temple of the Earth on the eve of the Lunar New Year in Beijing, February 2, 2011.

China honored its Lunar New Year on February 3, welcoming the Year of the Rabbit.

Astrologers describe the rabbit, fourth among the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, as reserved, kind and gentle -- perhaps, foretelling a year of easy diplomacy and smooth economic growth for China.

Learn more about Chinese New Year in this interview with astrologer Susan Levitt:

Although traditionally a Chinese holiday, the Lunar New Year is observed all over the world . We wanted to see what it looked like, so we teamed up with Flickr.

The "Chinese New Year Where I Am" Flickr project was started by Chinese teacher Jess (@jessmcculloch), based in Melbourne, Australia, to teach her students about the holiday. We joined in to collect and share your traditions, building a global resource for Jess's students in Australia, and for you - wherever you are - to see how the Year of the Rabbit is welcomed worldwide.

We asked you to share your photos, and you sent pictures of dragons, fireworks, food, and of course rabbits, in cities from Hong Kong to London to Las Vegas, and everywhere in between.

Here are some of our favorites:

A temple worker replaces a lantern in Malaysia

Creative Commons photo by By Georgette Tan, January 25, 2011 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

A street celebration in Seattle, Washington

Creative Commons photo by Vlad Karpinsky, January 29, 2011, International District, Seattle, Washington

A vendor prepares for celebrations in Taiwan

Creative Commons photo by Joshua Fahler, January 30, 2011, Hsinchu City, Taiwan

Prayers at Vihara Dharma Bhakti, one of the oldest temples in Jakarta, Indonesia. Many come to the temple to offer their prayers to the gods and ancestor spirits with gratitude and hopes for the coming year.

Creative Commons photo by nSeika, February 2, 2011, Glodok, Jakarta, Indonesia

The "Friendship Archway" in Chinatown, Washington, D.C. at night

Creative Commons photo by Jessstah, January 28, 2011, Washington, DC, United States

The Arcadian in Birmingham, England, where the Birmingham City Council will be holding Chinese New Year festivities on Sunday, February 6, 2011

Creative Commons photo by Elliott Brown,January 28, 2011, Birmingham, England

Rabbit decorations in Chinatown, Singapore

Creative Commons photo by Daphne Chui, January 31, 2011, Outram, Central Singapore

Partying in Hong Kong

Creative Commons photo by Ah Lun, February 3, 2011, Braemar Hill, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong